Saxton Rose,


is the bassoon professor and director of the contemporary music ensemble at the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts, Principal Bassoonist of the Winston-Salem Symphony, and member of Zéphyros Winds, an acclaimed New York-based wind quintet. Recent performances include engagements as concerto soloist with the National Symphony of Colombia in Bogotá, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Caldas, the National Symphony of Panamá, the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, and the Winston-Salem Symphony. He has performed recitals in Mexico, China, Belgium, The Netherlands, in Berlin at the Philharmonie, and throughout the US. As Principal Bassoonist of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2008 he performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, in the Casals Festival and on tours to Europe and throughout Latin America. A committed teacher, he has been invited to give master classes throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia and in the US at the finest music schools and conservatories. He has performed recitals and appeared as a concerto soloist as an invited guest at the conferences of the International Double Reed Society, an organization for which he serves as Associate Editor of Online Publications and chair of the IDRS Young Artist Bassoon Competition. Mr. Rose studied at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and graduated with highest honors from the class of Stefano Canuti at the Conservatorio "Agostino Steffani" in Castelfranco-Veneto, Italy.


STEphanie willow patterson

California native Stephanie Willow Patterson is the Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University and the Principal Bassoonist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Columbus, GA. Passionate about collaboration, outreach, and contemporary music, she has performed at the Fairbanks New Music Festival, the Sonorities Festival in Belfast, Ireland, the IHearIC music series, and the Festival Internacional de Música Colonial Brasileira e Música Antiga in Juiz de Fora, Brazil. Dr. Patterson's book, An Introduction to Contemporary Music for Bassoon and 64 Etudes is available through Trevco Music Publishing, and she enjoys bringing her love for contemporary music to new audiences around the globe.

Crossing genres with performances in costume, Dr. Patterson has performed Michael Daugherty’s Dead Elvis at the Wichita Knob Festival at the FischHaus art gallery, and In Freundschaft by Stockhausen for bassoon-playing teddy bear. She has performed in Carnegie Hall, on the busy streets of Moscow, on the pedestrian malls of Madrid, in the gilded Kappella hall in St. Petersburg, inside a medieval church in Prague, for afterschool programs in Alaska, with Pierre Boulez at the Kunstmuseum Luzern, atop a gallows at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, in a room with speakers encircling the audience, in the mountains of North Carolina, and in the woods of California.



Shelly Unger is the bassoon instructor at Emory University, Johnson Ferry Conservatory, the New School of Music, and The Westminster Schools.  She holds a Bachelor of Music from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, a Master of Music Degree from The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. Her teachers include Sidney Rosenberg, Bernard Garfield and Ben Kamins.

She maintains a private teaching studio, where her students regularly place in honor ensembles, earn competition awards, and are admitted to the nation's top schools of music and conservatories.  She is the founding director of the Summer Bassoon Extravaganza, and has served as director of the International Double Reed Society Teen Camp.

She performs in metro Atlanta and in regional orchestras throughout the Southeast. Dr. Unger regularly conducts clinics throughout the metro area.